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    Only I could go to a desert and get trapped in a rainstorm.

    Only I could go to a desert and get trapped in a rainstorm.

     
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    Apparently in traveling to Phoenix last night I died and went to heaven instead…

    Apparently in traveling to Phoenix last night I died and went to heaven instead…

     
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    Heading back to Phoenix for the week

    Heading back to Phoenix for the week

     
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    Reblogged from maxistentialist

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    maxistentialist:

Vox:

Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.
"We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis.
The crisis began a week ago in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.
America has been roiled by political instability and protests in recent years, which analysts warn can create fertile ground for extremists.
Missouri, far-removed from the glistening capital city of Washington, is ostensibly ruled by a charismatic but troubled official named Jay Nixon, who has appeared unable to successfully intervene and has resisted efforts at mediation from central government officials. Complicating matters, President Obama is himself a member of the minority sect protesting in Ferguson, which is ruled overwhelmingly by members of America’s majority “white people” sect.
Analysts who study the opaque American political system, in which all provinces are granted semi-autonomous self-rule, warned that Nixon may seize the opportunity to move against weakened municipal rulers in Ferguson. Missouri’s provincial legislature, a traditional “shura council,” is dominated by the opposition faction. Though fears of a military coup remain low, it is still unknown how Nixon’s allies within the capital will respond should the crisis continue.
Now, international leaders say they fear the crisis could spread.

Vox covers Ferguson as they would if it were in another country.

Brilliant.

    maxistentialist:

    Vox:

    Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.

    "We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis.

    The crisis began a week ago in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.

    America has been roiled by political instability and protests in recent years, which analysts warn can create fertile ground for extremists.

    Missouri, far-removed from the glistening capital city of Washington, is ostensibly ruled by a charismatic but troubled official named Jay Nixon, who has appeared unable to successfully intervene and has resisted efforts at mediation from central government officials. Complicating matters, President Obama is himself a member of the minority sect protesting in Ferguson, which is ruled overwhelmingly by members of America’s majority “white people” sect.

    Analysts who study the opaque American political system, in which all provinces are granted semi-autonomous self-rule, warned that Nixon may seize the opportunity to move against weakened municipal rulers in Ferguson. Missouri’s provincial legislature, a traditional “shura council,” is dominated by the opposition faction. Though fears of a military coup remain low, it is still unknown how Nixon’s allies within the capital will respond should the crisis continue.

    Now, international leaders say they fear the crisis could spread.

    Vox covers Ferguson as they would if it were in another country.

    Brilliant.

     
  6. So, they just announced a curfew in Missouri because of the ferguson situation - and call me crazy but a police officer pretty much just murdering a young man seems like it should be an open and shut case - instead we have a huge debacle going on - and rightly so, from the protester perspective.

    I guess what galls me is that some of the media is focusing on looting and whatnot - but the officials are making this infinitely worse instead of doing the right thing.

    I am so lucky for have been born a white male and I cannot possibly begin to understand what is going on for the people living there, I can only hope that things improve soon.

    But it feels to me like things are going to get a LOT worse before they get better.

     
  7. John Oliver’s new show on HBO (it’s a couple of months old now, but it’s still “new” I think) is brilliant.  It quickly elevated itself in our household to being our favorite show on television.  I love how he doesn’t hold his punches and actually gives it to you straight, but still makes you laugh (or sigh because the world is terrible)

     
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    I love this.  I like the lines, I like the composure.  Once again, exact opposite of where I live.

    I love this. I like the lines, I like the composure. Once again, exact opposite of where I live.

     
  9. Jury Duty on my Birthday

    Apparently I will be spending my birthday this year in Jury Duty.

    I mentioned this and someone said I should say this to get out of it:

    “Can you be impartial?” “Sure … unless they’re a Yankees fan!”

    I’m pretty sure that would just get me high fives, though around here ;)

     
  10. Fell asleep on the train home - never had that happen when I wasn’t on the 10:30. Maybe I should stop getting home at midnight …